Sept. 3, 2005
FULLERTON, Calif. - Sophomore Stephen King scored a first half hat trick and added another goal in the second to lead the second-ranked Maryland Terrapins to a 7-0 win over Cal State Fullerton Friday night at Titan Stadium. The Terps also received a pair of goals from freshman Graham Zusi and Jason Garey tacked on another as Maryland won its fifth-straight season opener.
The seven-goal deficit marked the worst defeat in Cal State Fullerton history, dating back to 1975.
"This was definitely a great beginning," said head coach Sasho Cirovski. "I was very pleased with our effort on both sides of the ball and it was gratifying to get a lot of people into the game."
King got the Terps started in the 19th minute. Lancos started the play at the top of the box, moving to his left before sending a soft touch out wide to his right to Godbolt. Godbolt took the ball to near the end line before sending a cross to King who buried the shot from 10 yards.
Maryland continued to press, and King again broke through with a goal just four minutes later after Godbolt again tried a cross from the right side that was chested down by a Titan defender, but the ball bounced to the foot of King who put the ball away in the lower right corner of the net.
King capped off his first career hat trick in just under nine minutes after taking a pass from Jason Garey at midfield. King swiftly moved the ball upfield and to his right before firing a shot from 19 yards past the keeper.
A trio of freshmen helped combine for Maryland's fourth goal of the half as Michael Marchiano won a ball at midfield and played it ahead to Matt Beckman. Beckman controlled the ball and held off a defender before sending a cross to Zusi who was able to beat his defender to the ball and redirect it for the score in the 40th minute to send the Terrapins into the half with a 4-0 lead.
The Titans started the second half with life getting off four shots in the first five minutes, including their first of the game on goal, but were unable to come away with a score. After that initial burst from Cal State Fullerton, the Terps continued to pour it on scoring goals in the 55th and 57th minutes. Following a quick restart after a Titan foul in their own end, Burch played a ball wide to C'deBaca who slid a pass to King who finished for the score. Burch played a part in the next goal as well, chipping a ball over top of the Fullerton defense and finding Garey who blasted a shot from 14 yards to run the score to 6-0.
Glaudemans sent a similar pass to Zusi 11 minutes later, and the freshman nailed the shot for his second goal of the game.
Craig Salvati got the starting nod in goal for Maryland and made one save in 61 minutes of work before giving way to Chris Seitz, who stopped two shots. The Titan keepers were forced to make eight saves on the night, and another team save was credited after a shot was cleared off the line.
The Terrapins return to action for a showdown against No. 4 UCLA on Saturday. The game will begin at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
Noteworthy: Maryland's game against UCLA will kickoff at 5 p.m. Eastern time, not 4 p.m. as originally scheduled ... the Terps' next two opponents (UCLA and Santa Clara) played at Titan Stadium before Maryland and Cal State Fullerton ... the Broncos edged the Bruins, 3-2 ... after missing one and half seasons with a twice-broken leg, Robbie C'deBaca started for the Terps, marking the first time since Oct. 8, 2003 ... freshman Kevin Tangney was the only freshman in the starting lineup ... Tangney also took the first shot of the 2005 season, a header that was saved ... Garey's goal gives him 39 on his career, moving him into a tie for fourth all-time at Maryland (Rocco Morelli) ... Stephen King, who scored seven goals in 2004, netted four goals in just 55 minutes agains the Titans ... Sasho Cirovski could not recall a player during his tenure at Maryland scoring four goals in a game ... the Terrapins put on a similar offensive show in last year's season opener, defeating Long Island 5-0.